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28 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

“Hey You” jumps from #27 to #15 on AC radio chart at FMQB.com

On the FMQB.com Adult Contemporary Radioplay Chart Heart’s radiosingle from “Red Velvet Car” climbs the chart again from #27 to #15!

AC Radiochart on FMQB.com of July 28th

AC Radiochart on FMQB.com of July 28th

The track entered the chart at number 36 (or 38 a week earlier as FMQB has been misty on this), went to number 27 and now to number 15. “Hey You” has been most added track in most of the last few weeks.

Thanx to sulacuda for the news!

Update August 5th: “Hey You” is now #14!

27 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

UKMONGERS: download WTF!

WTF+4

WTF+4

The EP “WTF+4″ is now also available in digital form for Heartmongers from the United Kingdom. Heart´s international label Eagle Rock has distributed it to play.com and iTunes UK.

Click here to purchase WTF+4 as a digital download at PLAY.COM

Click here to purchase WTF+4 as a digital download at iTunes UK

(also on iTunes Ireland, Germany and Sweden)

I’ve found “WTF” and “Hey You” on Dutch iTunes as ringtones. the coverart is the same as on the promo radiosingle.

“WTF+4″ is also available in the US on iTunes and Amazon.mp3. It´s been released in the US on CD and on VINYL.

27 July 2010 ~ 14 Comments

Red Velvet Car: song by song

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

RED VELVET CAR
SONG BY SONG WITH ANN AND NANCY WILSON

THERE YOU GO: We made the guitars and drums in the song sound like a quagmire because that?s what?s all around the young person in this song. It´s a song of warning about the dangers of this world, and so the instruments are all bleeding into one another and there´s a sense of intensity and things buzzing out of control. (ANN) The song and its purpose mutated. Craig Bartock and I started it as a cautionary tale, a warning to a young woman on a red carpet. But when Ann got a hold of it, the song became something else entirely and something really phenomenal.


WTF: It started like a jam, like that song by Cream ´SWLABR.´ Later when I wrote the words, they were really angry and they just blasted out of me, like I might have just as well said, ´What the ****?´ (ANN) Craig had that amazing guitar part, and then Ann came in with this scream of lyrics. I thought maybe the song was about someone else, but then the other day Ann mentioned it´s kind of the way you talk to yourself. Basically, it´s intense, and to me it´s about making mistakes and how hard it is to stay human. (NANCY) 

RED VELVET CAR: When I first said those words, I knew it right away that it was a phrase worth using in a song. Sue Ennis — our friend and our co-writer from way back — was in town and really needed a rescue from the Hollywood hotel where she was attending a seminar. I said, ´Are you kidding me? I´d come get you in a red velvet car. I wrote it down immediately. Ann took that title and ran it. (NANCY) Nancy is like Ringo in that sense. She´s always been great at coming up with cool turns of phrase that don´t really need to be explained because they communicate something powerfully. Musically, I´ve got to give it to Ben Mink, because I wanted the song to have that R&B sensuality to it, but also something fresh, and I think together, we got it.

QUEEN CITY: That song is a real retrospective. We wanted to write about our chronology really and this dear place we came from and that I still live in — Seattle. We tried to do it by jumping into different scenes, from childhood to the grunge scene. It´s about our home, and our lives. (ANN) Before we were the Emerald City, or the Jet City, we were Queen City. (NANCY)

HEY YOU: ´Hey You´ is about the arc of a love affair, and gratitude for what was there and maybe what is no longer there. This song took me about ten years to finish. Perhaps I was waiting for a kind of ending. But I could never get it right until I worked with Ben Mink. It reflects a sort of poetic overview of life that might hurt a lot, but it´s not bitter. When I first came up with those words, I thought could it be that simple? Yes, it could. (NANCY) The song starts very romantically and ends very philosophically, and it´s really quite heartbreaking. Nancy is such an amazing lyric writer when she is left to her own devices. She really pours her heart out so beautifully. I love it. It will probably get people guessing, and I think that´s how she wants it. (ANN)


WHEELS: I love that song — it was a bit of a dark horse that one. Ben had a beautiful groove for a score he was doing, and we had the bass line in our back pocket for about twenty years. (NANCY) ´Wheels´ came from a bass line we were working on many years ago, trying to write a song for the movie Midnight Run. We wanted to have songs that reflected all our travels ? and the idea of travel — like Joni Mitchell did so well with Hejira. Ben took that idea and really ran with it. (ANN)

SAFRONIA´S MARK: Safronia was a great, great, great grandmother of ours from the Civil War era. (ANN) The song became this gypsy folk urchin song and another Seattle story. It felt like it could be one of the first songs we wrote for Dreamboat Annie. Even at this distinguished age, there was so much enthusiasm, like the first time we had the chance to write songs. It felt completely honest, and had no shred of any specific time. (NANCY)

DEATH VALLEY: It´s one of those American pioneer images, but it´s a lyric that came straight out of a text from Ann ? and that word ´text´ is even in the song. It´s not a word you hear in a lot of rock songs, even now. I had the theme guitar part, and somehow it added up to make the song so visual. And it takes you inside the experience of when things get so bleak on the road, and you are just scraping to get there. (NANCY) It´s meant to show both in the music and lyrics the dreamlike desolation of a bad trip — that sense you can get of feeling marooned on the road. It´s a large metaphor for life really, and the strange places we all go.

SUNFLOWER: It´s funny because when I first heard ´Hey You´ there were a few lines I thought I heard myself in. I privately, secretly thought she´d written a song about me. Then I found out it was definitely about someone else. So I told Nancy, and she then wrote ´Sunflower´ to try and write a song about me as a birthday gift. She said, ´Here you go, here´s your present.´ And I still get tight in the throat when I hear this song. (ANN)

SAND: This song would not go away until it found its perfect home. We recorded ´Sand´ with the Lovemongers, and kept playing it in different rooms until it found its rightful place. Ben Mink heard us play it live and said, ´Wow, that´s such a great song, why don´t we do it?´ It´s a tough one to get through because it sums up the arc of a love affair, or the arc of a life or the end of a season. It´s a simple concept big enough to imprint heavily in your life — the idea that time runs out. (NANCY) Now ´Sand´ has finally claimed its power and its place. Some songs stay with you, and continue to live and that´s when you know you really have something.

Thanx to Davidmonger!

26 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

FREE film screening of Heart’s new concert film: Night At Sky Church

Sky Church

Sky Church

EMP|SFM hosts Heart: Night At Sky Church on Friday, August 27, at 7:00 pm. This FREE film screening of Heart’s upcoming concert film DVD celebrates the release of Heart’s new album Red Velvet Car (release date: August 31). Heart: Night At Sky Church was filmed during a live concert the band performed at EMP earlier this year. Seating is limited. Comp tickets must be claimed at least 15 minutes prior to show time or they will be released to the rush line.

Admission to the screening is free, however advance reservation is required. To reserve tickets, contact the EMP|SFM box office at 206.770.2702, 1.877.EMP.SFM1 or experience@empsfm.org.

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music and the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP|SFM has welcomed more than 5 million visitors through its doors. Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is located in the landmark Frank Gehry building at the base of the Space Needle at 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109.

Thanx to davidmonger for the scoop!

25 July 2010 ~ 2 Comments

DVD: Heart – Night at Sky Church

Seattle March 5th 2010 Sky Church

Seattle March 5th 2010 Sky Church

Allmusic.com has a 2010 DVD release listed “Night at Sky Church” by Sony Music Distribution (catalognumber 76761). AOL.com has a August 31st release date. Here’s the tracklist:

1 Barracuda
2 Never
3 Straight On
4 Love Alive
5 Mistral Wind
6 WTF
7 Hey You
8 Red Velvet Car
9 These Dreams
10 Safronia’s Mark
11 Your Long Journey
12 What About Love
13 Alone
14 Crazy On You
15 Sand
16 Magic Man
17 Back To Avalon
18 Kick It Out


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25 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Review from Rock the Park

Ann & Nancy

Ann & Nancy

Heart had a big place in my heart back in the day too. There was the local connection — Ann and Nancy Wilson are from Seattle, but the band really got off the ground in Vancouver — and they were gorgeous, but most importantly they could rock.

And they can still rock. Ann Wilson’s voice is a thing of wonder, high and clear but tinged with just the right amount of smoky rasp. Nancy wields her guitar with a swagger befitting her idol, Jimmy Page.

“Heartless,” from 1978’s Magazine album, was a standout — the inherent funkiness of the tune really came through on the big stage.

It was interesting to watch the connection the band made with women in the audience. I watched several gals well into grandparenting years elbow their way to the front of the pit to commune with the high priestesses of 70s rock. There, they swayed in nostalgic bliss to the romantic fantasia of the Nancy-voiced “These Dreams.”

But the band took it up to another level altogether with the one-two punch of “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda,” the former of which was a tour-de-force for Ann.

London Free Press

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24 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Heart’s still in it: Ann and Nancy Wilson’s new CD marks a rocking return

Ann & Nancy 2010

Ann & Nancy 2010

New York Daily News:

It may be hard to believe but Heart still has a pulse.

One of the first hard rock groups to be fronted by a sister act, Ann and Nancy Wilson, the band started beating in the 1970s before flatlining in the early ’80s when they experimented with a new sound.

When they returned to their roots in 1985, fans responded, sending three albums into the top five.

Now, Heart is pumping again. They play the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Saturday, featuring songs from “Red Velvet Car,” their first studio album in six years.

“We have been steadily working in our little rock ‘n’ roll sweatshop, in the soul of our rock ‘n’ roll planet,” says Nancy Wilson in a voice that is more of a coo than the strong instrument she projects from the stage.

The CD is scheduled to drop on Aug. 31. To the guitar-playing sibling with the strawberry blond hair, it brings hope that it will return the band to the lofty heights it last enjoyed with “Heart” (1985), “Bad Animals” (1987) and “Brigade” (1990) — when singles like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love” and “Never” sent the blood rushing through the veins of fans.

“It took a couple of years,” Wilson says, “what with being a mother and all” — she’s been married to filmmaker Cameron Crowe since 1986 and they have twin boys born in 2000 — “but we just used our time wisely.”

She first worked on the lyrics and “guitar ideas” with bassist and bandmate Craig Bartock.

“Craig is a whiz at bringing it all together,” she says. “We then brought Ann in and [producer] Ben Mink, who gave us some really cool ideas. He can make acoustic rock sound harder than electric.

“This is a true Heart album,” she says of the 10 tracks. “You get the whole arc of personal stuff with the extreme rock stuff. There is not an inauthentic, fictitious bone in the body of this album.

“We’ve been under the radar the past few summers. We’ve gone out with Journey a couple of times, [but this tour] is our own thing, and getting to Foxwoods is very important for us.”

After they emerged in 1976, the Wilson sisters were considered the first ladies of arena shows, a Seattle-based garage band that flourished with songs like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man” and “Barracuda.”

Then, “the hair band thing and the Seattle grunge thing ended” and they went away “with our tails stuck between our legs.”

Heart almost stopped beating. Their music had become more pop, even folksy. “I really thought this was it.” Then came the transfusion of hard rock that got them rolling again in the mid-’80s. Now, they’re hoping to ride “Red Velvet Car” to the top of the charts once again.

“We’ve outlived the average rock band a couple of times over,” says Nancy Wilson, 56. “We’re not a hair band anymore. We’re now a heritage band who can actually sing and play.

“Acoustic is way harder than any electric guitar can do. But we do it. And we do it well. I really feel the fans are going to love what’s on ‘Red Velvet Car.’ We’re excited about taking it on tour.”

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